Edward Gibbon — English Historian born on April 27, 1737, died on January 16, 1794

Edward Gibbon was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organized religion... (wikipedia)

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

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